Jennifer Freyd, University of Oregon

Addressing Sexual Violence with Institutional Courage
Jennifer Freyd


Fall 2019
Lecture Time: 
Friday, October 11, 2019 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Lecture Location: 

R0220 Ross School of Business

Introduced By: 
Megan Kelly


Sexual violence (including sexual assault and sexual harassment) occurs frequently and can cause substantial harm. Sexual violence is often experienced in the context of an institution (such as a university); our research indicates that associated institutional behaviors can harm or help. In this presentation I will present concepts and research related to these issues: betrayal trauma theory & betrayal blindness, DARVO (Deny, Attack, & Reverse Victim & Offender; a harmful perpetrator response to disclosure), institutional betrayal, and institutional courage. I will conclude by offering concrete steps that individuals and institutions can take to respond well to disclosures and to address sexual harassment and promote institutional courage.

Recording & Additional Notes

Reading List

Smith, C.P. & Freyd, J.J. (2014). Institutional betrayal. American Psychologist, 69, 575-587.
Harsey, S., Zurbriggen, E., & Freyd, J.J. (2017). Perpetrator Responses to Victim Confrontation: DARVO and Victim Self-Blame. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, & Trauma, 26, 644-663.
Freyd, J.J. (2018). When sexual assault victims speak out, their institutions often betray them. The Conversation, 11 January 2018.